Step 4: Register in SAM and DSBS

Register in SAM (System for Award Management)

Once you have obtained your DUNS number and have identified your industry codes, you will need to register in SAM (System for Award Management). Registering in SAM will set your business up for electronic payment (Electronic Funds Transfer—EFT) on federal contracts and will establish a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, a five (5) position code that provides a standardized method for identifying companies and is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government. There are two parts to the registration.

PART I:  Registration in SAM is accomplished by first creating a user name and pass word online at  On, go to the “Manage Accounts” tab to get started, and scroll down the login page to “Create account.” There is a duel authentication process that takes place when setting up an account, so the user will need to be near a phone to received a phone call or text with a 6 digit authentication that must be put in the system to activate it. The user must also have access to the email account used to create the account

PART II:  Submit a notarized letter that names the SAM Entity Administrator using these instructions withing 30 days of completing your registration.

Register in DSBS (Dynamic Small Business Search)

Registration in the DSBS can only be done while updating or completing your SAM registration. This site is used by government agencies and prime contractors to find small businesses that can meet their government contracting or subcontracting needs. You will have the option to list keywords and a narrative that best describe your business capabilities so be as accurate and succinct as possible to make it easy for others to find you!